I am not ashamed to admit that I rarely suffer from a creative block. It’s not that my cup is always overflowing with ideas or that I have a creative vision every time I step in front of a canvas. What I do have is a toolbox of strategies—and they work.
Here’s a peek into my artist’s toolbox. There’s a way to do this for writers, musicians, etc. Don’t hesitate to contact me for more on that.
Start a lot of projects! Most “successful” artists have 2-3 projects going at once. I need more than that. Have a few different things going. If you are a painter perhaps you have 2 or 3 canvasses going at the same time. Add 2 or 3 MORE different kinds of projects to the toolbox like the following:
1. Start a color journal to explore color palettes you like – mix color and paint your own into the journal. Try to keep track of the colors you mix. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve mixed a color I love only to discover I can’t recreate it
2. Collect magazines, catalogs, etc. and tear out pictures of paintings you like. This is not for copying but sometimes a color palette someone has chosen will really spark your own creativity. In my case I’m working on composition so I’ve taken a keen interest in abstract art.
3. Create a playlist of music to create from.
4. Learn about social media and start utilizing it. There are so many youtube videos and articles about it. It isn’t a waste of time to use some of your creative time to learn.